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Three volunteer EMTs charged with stealing from Corona nonprofit


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Three volunteer EMTs have been arrested after allegedly stealing more than $325,000 from a not-for-profit volunteer ambulance group, according to the attorney general.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced on Friday, September 20 that Daniel Dominguez, 37, Daryl Adeva, 31, and David Moretti, 41, were arrested for stealing from bank accounts of the Corona Community Volunteer Ambulance Corps (CCAC).

“These emergency medical technicians, who were entrusted with providing medical services and transportation for New York residents, instead took advantage of their positions and used a not-for-profit ambulance corps as their own personal piggy bank,” said Schneiderman. “My office will continue to weed out theft and fraud in charitable organizations and prosecute criminals who take advantage of the public’s trust.”

The arrests took place after the Attorney General’s Charities Bureau received a complaint from CCAC board members about “possible missing and misappropriated funds from CCAC bank accounts.”

According to a felony complaint, the investigation found that while Dominguez served as a board member and treasurer of CCAC, he stole more than $300,000 from the nonprofit’s bank accounts by transferring funds directly to his personal accounts. He then allegedly used the money to go on trips to Disney World and Niagara Falls, and purchased luxury car service trips and expensive meals.

In a second felony complaint, Dominguez allegedly helped Adeva, another CCAC board member, make an unauthorized transfer of $8,960 to his own account. The Attorney General also charged Moretti, who served as a board member and president of CCAC, in a third felony complaint for stealing more than $11,000 from the nonprofit between September 2008 and May 2011.

“Moretti received wire transfers, cash withdrawals and unauthorized credit card purchases,” said the complaint. “These purchases included overseas money transfer and personal car payments, all made without the permission of the CCAC board members.”

All three volunteer EMTs were arrested and arraigned on September 20 on grand larceny charges.

If convicted, Dominguez, who was charged with grand larceny in the second degree, faces up to five to 15 years in prison. Moretti and Adeva were both charged with grand larceny in the third degree and each face up to two and one-third to seven years in prison.

Police: Man steals gold necklace from toddler at Jackson Heights McDonald’s


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Cops aren’t happy with a man who thought stealing is as easy as taking candy from a baby.

Police are looking for the man who snatched a gold necklace and charm from a three-year-old girl on Friday afternoon in Jackson Heights.

The man followed the girl and her mother to a McDonald’s on 37-59 82nd Street, according to authorities, and when the pair went upstairs the man followed and removed the jewelry.

The male suspect is described as being 40-years-old, balding with a grey button down shirt and blue jeans. Police have release video surveillance of the suspect.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or submit their tips by texting 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577 or by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website.

 

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Police seek grand larceny suspect


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The NYPD is looking for this suspect in connection to a grand larceny.

Police are looking for a woman who they say shopped at a Middle Village K-Mart in June with a stolen credit card.

The suspect allegedly used the card on June 23 to buy many items at the 66-26 Metropolitan Avenue department store, according to the NYPD.

She is wanted in connection with a grand larceny.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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Queens GOP operative John Haggerty starts sentence for stealing from mayor’s re-election campaign


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The Queens political operative convicted two years ago of stealing thousands of dollars from the mayor’s re-election campaign has begun his prison sentence.

John Haggerty Jr. was received in Ulster Correctional Facility on March 27, according to the state’s Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

The 44-year-old Republican consultant from Forest Hills was found guilty in October 2011 of second-degree grand larceny and second-degree money laundering for pilfering $750,000 from Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 2009 re-election campaign.

He will serve at least one year and four months in the medium-security, all male Napanoch facility with a maximum sentence of four years.

Haggerty is eligible for parole in December, according to the Department of Corrections. His earliest release date is July 12, 2014.

 

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Grand larceny suspect takes victim’s purse as she prays in mosque


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Police are looking for a suspect wanted for a Wednesday, February 27 grand larceny inside a mosque at 57-16 37th Avenue in Woodside.

According to the NYPD, at 5:20 p.m. as the 65-year-old victim prayed inside the mosque, the suspect removed her pocketbook without her knowing. The pocketbook contained cash and bank cards.

There were no reported injuries. The police have released a surveillance photo of the suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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Man wanted for series of subway cell phone thefts


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Police are searching for a man wanted for snatching five electronic devices over the past month on trains in Queens and Brooklyn.

Four cell phones and an iPad were stolen in the incidents that all occurred E, F, or R trains as they entered the station, according to police. The five victims were all women between the ages of 16-28.

The most recent robbery took place on December 11 as the suspect exited the R train at the 67th Avenue station. The suspect punched a 16-year-old girl in the face before taking her phone.

Police described the suspect as a black man between 25-30 years old, standing 6-feet-1-inch tall and weighing between 180-190 pounds.

 

 

Two wanted for purse snatch from elderly woman


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Cops are looking for two suspects in connection with a Friday, October 19 grand larceny on Northern Boulevard near 86th Street. The two men, described as Hispanic in their early- to mid-20s, approached a 74-year-old woman from behind, police said, and removed her purse from her shoulder.

The two then fled, police said, and the victim was not injured. The first suspect is described as dark-skinned, of heavy build, neatly groomed and last seen wearing blue jeans, a checkered pattern jacket and a blue “Yankee” baseball hat. The second suspect is described as light skinned, of thin build and last seen wearing blue jeans and a blue or gray hooded sweatshirt. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

 

Police search for Long Island City grand larceny suspects


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The NYPD is searching for two suspects they say stole music equipment from a Long Island City storage facility.

Cameras caught the suspects taking a Yamaha keyboard and musician’s bench from the Storage Deluxe on 21st Street on Friday, March 16.

Police described the suspects as white or Hispanic males in their 30s.

The keyboards can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are confidential.

 

Thieves steal iPhones from Rego Park Sprint store


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Police are looking for two suspects they say stole two iPhones from a Rego Park Sprint store.

The suspects entered the Woodhaven Boulevard store at approximately noon on Thursday, February 9 and grabbed the Apple products out of the salesperson’s hand as it was being shown to them, police said.

Police described the suspects as a 6-foot tall black male and a 5-foot-6-inch tall white male with a grey beard.

Anyone with information in regards to this grand larceny is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

 

Police search for Astoria grand larceny suspect


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Police are seeking a suspect wanted in connection with an Astoria grand larceny.

The suspect used a stolen credit card at the Steinway Street Wendy’s during the afternoon of Wednesday, February 8, police said.

Police described the suspect as a heavy set white or Hispanic male in his early 30s.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crimestoppers’ website and at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Police seek stolen credit card suspect


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Police are asking for the public’s help locating a man wanted in connection with a November grand larceny.

On Monday, November 28, the suspect used a stolen credit card at the Best Buy on Queens Boulevard, according to police.

Police described the suspect as a 5-foot-10-inch male weighing 175 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).

Queens’ Morning Roundup – 10/28/2011: Ilan Grapel released from Egyptian prison, arrives in Israel


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Ilan Grapel released from Egyptian prison, arrives in Israel

A smiling Queens man and Israeli citizen imprisoned for months in Egypt on unsubstantiated suspicions of spying embraced his tearful mother, Irene, who traveled to Israel from her New York home to meet her son on the tarmac at Ben-Gurion International Airport after his release. Read More: NBC News

 

8 year old groped in Queens

Police say they are looking for a man accused of groping an 8-year-old girl inside a New York City store. The girl was shopping with her mother at a Queens clothing store when she wandered off to a book display. Police say the man then passed by her several times and grabbed her buttocks. Read More: Wall Street Journal

 

Ex-TSA agents admit to stealing cash from JFK bag

Two former Transportation Security Administration officers based at John F. Kennedy Airport have admitted to stealing $40,000 in cash from a checked bag. 44-year-old Coumar Persad, of Queens, and 31-year-old Davon Webb, of the Bronx, pleaded guilty on Thursday to grand larceny, obstructing governmental administration and official misconduct. They each face six months in jail and five years’ probation at their Jan. 10 sentencing. Read More: Wall Street Journal

Aqueduct racino opens in Queens; Controversial gambling zone anticipates big crowd on first day

A ribbon-cutting celebrating the completion of the first phase of the controversial race track gaming mecca will be held at 11 a.m. – and the doors open to the public at 1p.m. Inside are 2,300 video slot machines – and 2,000 electronic table games like baccarat and roulette, which some critics say oversteps the state ban on full-fledged casinos. Read More: Daily News

 

Couple fears returning to the streets, but says landlord is trying to push them out of Corona apt.

A formerly homeless Queens couple may end up back in a shelter system they thought they had escaped – despite paying their rent on time even though their city housing subsidy expired. , 48, and Cynthia Sepulveda, 41, said their landlord CI House harassed them to move out of their studio at 38-01 112th St. in Corona. Their lease is up for renewal next month and the building is under renovations to become market-rate apartments after many of their fellow subsidy recipients moved out. Read More: Daily News